Steve Evans must give Lee Erwin the minutes to prove he can make an immediate impact at Leeds

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Lee Erwin shows glimpse of what he can do if given more chances at Leeds United.

It was a long time coming, but when Lee Erwin finally made his first-team debut for Leeds United on Saturday he set about making an impact despite the clock swiftly ticking down.

The 21-year-old arrived from Motherwell in the summer with a big reputation and a fine recent scoring record, but after four games as an unused substitute he was sent out on loan to Bury where he made three appearances and later returned to Elland Road to see a new manager in the dugout.

Uwe Rosler may have not found a place for Erwin but his replacement as Leeds boss Steve Evans clearly feels differently, and the youngster came off the bench for the last five minutes against Rotherham United on Saturday.

As far as cameo appearances go it was a decent run-out and it suggested Erwin deserves far more minutes in the weeks ahead.

Is he ready to start for Leeds? Probably not, even though some Leeds fans feel his energy and innate talent is exactly what the side needs right now.

But he deserves more than a few minutes; he deserves time to play his way into the game because there is no doubt he can score goals and Leeds’ matches are so close for the most part that he could be the difference between success and failure.

It is time Evans showed faith in certain players that he has too often overlooked, not just Erwin but also Sam Byram and Jordan Botaka, because changes must be made to ensure Saturday’s defeat was a mere blip and not a sign of things to come.

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